Monday, August 19, 2013

DU / YCWA 4th Annual Croaker Fishing Tournament

Saturday was the  4th annual Croaker Tournament hosted byYork County Waterways Alliance and Ducks Unlimited at Dare Marina. In my opinion it was a huge success. We had 61 boats sign up this year, up from last year's 37. That was even with a 70% chance of rain and 10-15 MPH winds. Alot of anglers caught a variety of fish, us included.

In one day we caught a sea robin, large spot, 4 dozen puppy drum, an oyster toad, a couple white perch,  and countless croakers.

Sea Robin

We weeded through them all to end up with our biggest croaker weighing in at a whopping 1.30 lbs. That put us in a solid 8th place finish. To explain how close this race was 4th place was 1.37 and first was not even a 2 lber. The big species calcutta was won with a 40lb stingray but a nice variety was presented in the category. We weighed in a nice 21 inch puppy drum. There was also black drum and a longnose gar entered in that catagory as well.

Shannons First keeper drum!

The weighin was a good time with free BBQ dinner and all you could drink open bar and beer trucks. Music was provided by "All You Can Eat" who rocked out. Wrapped up with awards and a Ducks Unlimited raffle for a ton of cool prizes from Shotguns and coolers to Artwork and gift certificates from alot of local sponsors. All profits went to YCWA to help fund research on our local area waterways and Ducks Unlimited to preserve wetlands for our future generations